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Donald McGill Archive & Museum

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Nice museum. Love the ice well.

This is a small museum ran by enthusiastic locals. The Donald McGill post cards were fun and a step... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Well worth a visit

We visited this museum whilst on the Island for a few days. We picked up a flyer in the hotel we... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2019
david p
portland uk
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Our museum pays homage to Donald McGill, who spent his life creating comic artworks for the then thriving postcard industry. Donald created over 12,000 postcards from 1904 till his death in 1962.You will find that Donald's Cards will depict anything...more
Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
+44 1983 717435
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All reviews well worth a visit great little place postcards humour seaside collection exhibits arcade artwork visitors volunteers hovercraft
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at the entrance to see a stair lift son went down and a lovely gentleman came up and helped my wife down. This was beyond any help I have ever received. The staff all volunteers we really friendly and knowledgeable. The post cards were...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small museum ran by enthusiastic locals. The Donald McGill post cards were fun and a step back into the British tongue in cheek humour. The other exhibitions on the local area were very interesting. The ice well was worth a visit. No...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2019

This museum is not just about postcards,there is a history of ryde.For example they have a history of the hovercraft with old photographs many of the ones running from Ryde to Portsmouth.You can still have a hovercraft trip from Ryde to Portsmouth.I did not go...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

We visited this museum whilst on the Island for a few days. We picked up a flyer in the hotel we were staying at and it looked v interesting. The Post Code on the flyer took us to the rear of the arcade were the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank david p
Reviewed May 27, 2019

Was just expecting a few rooms full of postcards but the cellars are full of interesting memorabilia relating to Ryde. Sort of expected to be able to read/view the whole collection of "naughty seaside postcards". There are millions very close together,from floor and yes all...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed February 24, 2019

Lots to see in this museum not only the postcards but also very interesting piece on the history of the hovercraft in this area entrance fee was very reasonable too

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Chris H
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We wanted to see The Donald McGill poscards and when we entered there we noticed that there was also a nother mueum where was lot of old fotogarphs and items of IOW history. The Donald Mcgill museum was full of his postcards. You can even...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Zeibii
Reviewed May 10, 2018

The postcards and artworks of Donald McGill deserve to be commemorated in a proper gallery but a musty basement in a run down town is not what they deserve. The museum does what it can to display the cards but many are in glass cabinets...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed September 15, 2017

A very unique set of exhibitions, Donald McGill postcard archive has all of his saucy postcards on view covering the walls and ceilings, there is also exhibits of the Isle of Wight at war, and its history through the ages and a new exhibit coming...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gordon D
Reviewed September 4, 2017

This is a great place to look back into the past. I discovered the Arcade by chance and found this museum. There are all sorts of items from the past which I enjoyed perusing. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2017
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November 15, 2018|
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£3 for adults, accompanied u-16s free